I Guess The Boston Police Must Have Skipped This Class

You know, where they might have gone over these words:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

I can’t bring myself to link to the site but Drudge has the link, showing Boston police in full SWAT gear forcing people out of their homes at gunpoint to look for Dokey.

It is for EXACTLY these situations that our Constitution was written. Assuming the video is accurate the police have absolutely no justification for what they are doing.

Oh wait, it’s “for the children.”

It’s “common sense ways” to find a dangerous criminal.

Update: Safe link here.

Sorry, this sort of behavior is not acceptable at all by the police or government.

Updated Update: Worth reading.

6 Responses to “I Guess The Boston Police Must Have Skipped This Class”

  1. Skyler says:

    I disagree. During martial law or times of emergency, many rights go away. The only question is whether martial law or state of emergency was declared and was appropriate.

    If they knew there was only one man then I say probably no. But if they feared there might be numerous accomplices, chech trained terrorists, then I say all bets are off. Those are serious killers.

    I think too many cops watch “24” and think jack Bauer is a good guy.

  2. Mr. Bingley says:

    Martial law was not declared and it seems the ‘state of emergency’ that was declared was the boilerplate give-us-federal-funds type, much like during a snowstorm.

    They always ‘fear’ things are worse than they are; where does one stop that sort of self-empowering escalation? Oh yes, in the words of the Constitution.

    If you allow the police to set the limits of what the police can do, as with any organization, well, the limits get mighty squishy mighty fast.

  3. Skyler says:

    The ballot box is the best place to fix this. I doubt the courts will help much.

  4. JeffS says:

    Spot on, Mr. Bingley. It seems to me to that police took command while the elected officials stepped back and shirked their duties. Exactly the wrong thing to do.

    And, IMHO, unless they had significant evidence detailing a larger terrorist presence that is not being disclosed, I believe that the police massively over reacted. I’m of the opinion that they were pissed over the carnage and death wrought by those bombs. Witness that leaked photograph of the dead brother; if that isn’t gloating, nothing is.

    This reaction is understandable, they’re only human. But that’s why we have laws in place to protect the innocent.

    So, a big thumbs down to the LEOs and politicians of Massachusetts.

  5. major dad says:

    I think it was way over done. All that firepower for one 19 yr old? Telling that in an audio of what was being said prior to his arrest somebody had to tell everyone that there was going to be a bang and not to start firing. Are they that trigger happy?

  6. Kathy Kinsley says:

    @ major dad. Yes.

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